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Saturday, July 16, 2022

Jose Trujillo took his team-oriented attitude from college to the pros; Saw four seasons, made high-A

Jose Trujillo personally set a national record at the University of Miami in March 1988. It was just he saw it as not just his record, he told The Miami Herald.

The record: The 30th sacrifice of his college career, The Herald wrote.

"It means a lot to me because it's a team record, not an individual record," Trujillo told The Herald. "I give myself up for 30 other guys."

Trujillo took his team-oriented attitude from Miami on to the pros. He played in four seasons. He topped out at high-A.

Trujillo's career began in 1989, taken by the Cardinals in the 26th round of the draft out of Miami.

At Miami, Trujillo also showed his heads-up ability in a May 1986 game. On second, he stole both third and home after realizing time had not been called and both bases were unmanned, The Palm Beach Post wrote

"I've never done that before," Trujillo told The Post afterward. "We've been playing heads-up ball like that all year. I saw nobody on third base, so I took off. Then I looked at the plate; nobody was there, either, so I took off again."

With the Cardinals, Trujillo started at short-season Hamilton. He hit .294 in 26 games.

He then moved to high-A St. Petersburg and single-A Springfield in 1990. He hit .247 between them over 103 contests.

Trujillo played 1991 between St. Petersburg and single-A Savannah, hitting .268 in 99 games. He isn't credited as playing in 1992, but is credited as returning in 1993 as a pitcher with the Angels at high-A Palm Springs. He went 3-6 over 36 relief outings, with a 4.72 ERA to end his career.

1990 Minor League Tally 
Players/Coaches Featured:3,964
Made the Majors:1,322-33.4%
Never Made Majors:2,642-66.6%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors:541
10+ Seasons in the Minors:329

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